1994 Buick LeSabre Limited 3.8 from North America

Summary:

Modest yet luxurious, dependable, handsome car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

Admittedly it only has 36000 miles on it.

The previous elderly owner was very meticulous in her care for this car, including the maintenance.

This GM drivetrain is arguably one of the best out there. Very common to see these cars with well over 200,000 miles on them.

Sure there are lemons, and isolated cases of bad luck, but proper and routine maintenance goes along way in how a car behaves for someone in the long run. Not to mention driving the car with a modicum of respect on a regular basis.

I also own a 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special. FWD with the 4.9L V-8. I give the Buick very high praise in a close 2nd to the Cadillac overall. The amenities are slightly better suited to an elderly demographic in the Buick. Big buttons, no frills etc. But the 3.8L is slightly better on gas and a bit less troublesome in the long run than the Cadillac 4.9L.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2013

5th Jun 2013, 16:53

Back in the early and mid-90s, GM still knew how to make great cars. There was still hope after the fiasco in the mid-80s down-sizing. Now all hope is lost, everything Detroit has turned out for the better part of a decade keeps getting smaller, blander looking, and more sporty, yet ever increasingly expensive. I would give anything to be able to go back and be able to buy a true Detroit piece of iron right off the showroom floor. Unfortunately I was a little late to the party, being born in 1984. Now that I can afford to buy brand new cars, there is really nothing left on the market that is very appealing to me.

1994 Buick LeSabre from North America

Summary:

Will ruin your life

Faults:

Motor blew at 75k miles.

Master cylinder went out.

Fuel pump went out.

AC stopped working.

Heater core leak.

General Comments:

This car flat out cost me half my life. I was in a car accident with my previous car, so I figured I would buy an American car this time. What a mistake.

Right from the dealership, the car started having problems.

First the A/C went out, leaving me to dress heavily in the winter and sweat pools in the summer.

Then the master cylinder went out, leaving me with costly repair bills and a near second wreck.

The heater core suddenly went out during a date with someone who could have been my future wife, spilling antifreeze all over her dress and shoes, and the icing on the cake was the engine blowing.

I ended up losing my job for lack of transportation, and a drained bank account from repairs. Had to move in with family and start over. Will never buy American again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2011

12th Dec 2011, 11:05

Interesting that a year and model of car, with which the majority of people have had excellent luck, has 'ruined your life'. The way the car destroyed your incipient marriage was particularly diabolical. Have you had a date since?

12th Dec 2011, 16:07

This is a joke. If these cars are so terrible, then why do you still see so many of them on the road today?? This body style hasn't been made since 1999, and I see dozens each week. There are probably as many of these as old Accords in this area, and more than older Camrys.

Buicks in general are very reliable and comfortable cars. Of course they build a lemon once in a while, and some models are better than others.

1994 Buick LeSabre from North America

Summary:

My car has been a good car for the most part; mainly small issues like the windows

Faults:

I have had issues with the windows not wanting to go up or down.. Has any one tried hitting on the door below the arm rest thing and pushing up/down on the button at the same time? It has so far worked for me in either getting a window up or down. I hope this helps someone.

For those of you that have had trouble with your car losing power. I had this issue, and took it to the mechanic I usually do. At the time it happened to me, I had less than a half a tank of gas; when I took it to the mechanic, I had filled up before going. They said it was the placement of the float in the gas tank that causes the Buick to just lose power. Since then, I have kept my car above half a tank of gas, and have not had that issue again.

General Comments:

Was really considering getting another Buick, however after reading the comments on this forum, and not liking the idea of a battery being under the back seat, I am considering other options. All new cars have new gizmos to go bad, so not sure what to get as of yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th August, 2010

14th Aug 2010, 14:40

The Park Avenue had the battery located under the hood, I also believe the Century had it located there. The 2000-2005 LeSabre is the only model that I am aware of from Buick that had the battery located under the rear seat. I have owned two Park Avenues ('99 and '05), and have been very pleased with both of them.

13th Dec 2011, 11:12

The corresponding Rivieras (the funny rear end ones) also have the battery under the rear seat, and it's expensive!

It needs a special vent for outboard dumping of hydrogen gas, so a trip to the local auto parts store will show you need a Delco one, unless you are willing to deal with the potential risk of cabin fumes.

15th Dec 2011, 16:49

Wrong. Any auto parts store should have or be able to get a non-Delco externally vented battery. It's not rocket science, just an extra hose attached to the vent cap. Other vehicles with trunk mounted batteries, like some BMW models, require the same kind of battery.